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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Bio I have begun my career in the cardiovascular genetics since 2002, when I was working closely with the local genetic counselors and cardiologists. I have pursued the career of characterizing cardiometabolic diseases genes by joining my current advisors at Stanford cardiovascular medicine, who co-lead international consortium on Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of insulin resistance (GENESIS) as the underlying risk factor of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Currently, we are pursuing the post-genomic studies of diabetes and glycemic traits associated genetic loci by means of deep phenotyping approach i.e. multi-OMICs. I am are, in particular, eager to harness these technologies to unravel the underlying cause of diabetes and the development of insulin resistance in presence or absence (lipodystrophy) of obesity.
Here are two examples of our current theme of research we are following:
- Demonstrate FAM13A as the causative gene linking fasting insulin level and body fat distribution.
- Defined pathophysiological link of Human NAT2 and mouse orthologue, Nat1, to mitochondria function and cardiometabolic risk.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention
Bio I am a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. My research examines health, gender, and social inequality.
My primary research agenda investigates health disparities across class, race, and gender in the United States. I draw on both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how neighborhoods, schools, and families shape our health behaviors and outcomes. My work has been published in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Science, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.
I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Bremen, and a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Studying the host-microbiome relationship in very early-onset inflammatory bowel disease via microbial DNA sequencing and analysis. Evaluating expression of antimicrobial peptides and other immune mediators in human stool via mass spectrometry in collaboration with the Elisa lab on campus. Another project focuses on the gut and skin microbiome in children with severe acute malnutrition in Bangladesh (in collaboration with Gary Darmstadt).
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Nephrology
Bio Douglas Franz, MD, MPH is a board-eligable nephrologist and advanced geriatrics fellow with Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto and Stanford University. He enjoys taking care of patients with kidney disease and serving our veterans. Dr Franz has a particular interest in the management of kidney dysfunction in patients with advanced heart failure as well as in patients with peripheral vascular disease. He is training to further his skills in epidemiology and clinical research with the goal of becoming an independent investigator.
Dr Franz is currently training for his first triathlon. He plays guitar, listens to books and podcasts, and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and their wheaten terrier.